Kirsty and David's story of old and new

12 Jan 2017

David and Kirsty Wraight have the best of both worlds. Building a villa from scratch will give you that, melding old world charm with the joys of modern housing.

Set in Marlborough's Fairhall District, the home is wrapped in classic lines of rusticated weatherboard, crisply finished in Resene Kangaroo, and scrolls in Resene Kokoda. 

Despite being one of the newest builds on the block, you could mistake it for having stood there for hundreds of years. It's a great example of David's craftmanship... his business, David Wraight Cottages, is, after all, building replica villas.

David's taken the look of an original homestead and completed it with the comforts of a contemporary build, including open-plan living areas designed for sun and views and a home stuffed to the gunnels with insulation.

Inside, the theme of old and new continues throughout, from an oil painting by Kirsty's great grandfather hanging on the walls to furniture passed down through the family recovered in rich fabrics. 

For the paint palette Kirsty chose pumice whites, sea foam greens and quiet touches of taupe. It sets a dreamy mood, with a slice of the bolder Resene Spanish Green in the formal dining area to delineate the space.

Resene Quarter Carrara above the dado line in the main living area keeps it light, and is decorated with industrial lights and shades in copper and steel.

For those in love with classic architecture, the home's bathroom will appeal. The tongue and groove panels are painted in soft blue-grey Resene Hermitage, with a board and batten feature wall painted in Resene Quarter Carrara behind the bath tub. It's a blissful combo, and took Kirsty a bit longer to decide on the colours. It was well worth it. 

As much as this is a dream house by anyone's standards, it's been revealed that David's real dream would be to live in "a lighthouse on a rock somewhere,” says Kirsty. As this isn't likely to happen any time soon, their beautiful villa is the next best thing. 

Do you have a home full of wonderful Resene paint and colour? Send us some snaps by emailing editor Sharon Newey on [email protected].

Touches of old and new decorate the main living area of this replica villa, from industrial lighting to antique finds. The walls are painted in Resene Quarter Cararra.

pictures Juliet Nicholas, words by Sophie Preece.

Resene Quarter Cararra above the dado rail brings light to the main living areas. Resene Triple Merino is painted below.

Resene Spanish Green is a bold slice of colour in the otherwise soft colour palette.

The stunning bathroom has a board and batten feature wall, painted in Resene Quarter Cararra. Resene Hermitage, on the tongue and groove walls, completes the blissful colour combo.

Resene Secrets is an elegant choice for this bedroom, with its classic tongue and groove walls.

The master bedroom adds a touch of taupe to the villa's colour scheme, painted in Resene Eighth Stonewall. The trims are painted in Resene Quarter Cararra, with the ensuite painted in Resene Triple Merino.

This near-new house was built by David Wraight Cottages, which specialises in building replica villas. It blends old and new beautifully, painted in Resene Kangaroo with trims in Resene Sugar Cane.

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